The Dancing With the Stars season 11 cast was announced on Monday, August 29, and it appears that the tepid expectations for the upcoming season were entirely founded. This season’s cast for Dancing With the Stars appears to be another step away from the premise of using “stars” as the celebrity contestants on the show, and instead another move in the direction of just using people from the news. Nearly all of the new cast members have been in the news the past few years, but not all of them have been for positive reasons. A quick glance at the new cast also makes it really seem like the big-named people who want to be on the show has run its course.
The 2010 Dancing With the Stars Season 11 Cast
Michael Bolton — Singer
Brandy — Singer / Actress
Margaret Cho — Actress / Comedian
Rick Fox — Former Basketball Player / Actor
Jennifer Grey — Actress
David Hasselhoff — Actor
Florence Henderson — Actress
Kyle Massey — Actor
Bristol Palin — Daughter of Sarah Palin
Audrina Patridge — Actress / Model
Mike Sorrentino — Reality TV Star
Kurt Warner — Former football Player
The most recognizable name on the cast list this season is Bristol Palin, but for all the wrong reasons. Bristol became famous when her mother ran for the office of Vice President of the United States, and infamous when she made tabloid headlines for becoming a teen mother. She has continued to be a tabloid cover girl due to her relationship with Levi Johnston, and it has garnered her quite a bit of celebrity. That celebrity status shouldn’t be confused with her being a “star” though, but her mother’s fame just netted her a spot on this season’s roster.
Many viewers of Dancing With the Stars won’t even know who Mike Sorrentino is, as he has made it big in the last year on MTV’s Jersey Shore. The scripted reality show has made him popular with the tween audience, and DWTS producers must hope that he will bring in some of those viewers this season. The same goes for Audrina Patridge who is from the scripted reality show The Hills. Maybe viewers will tune in for a pretty face, but past years of Dancing With the Stars have shown that the “pretty contestants” typically go home very early.
The rest of the season 11 cast is a hodge-podge of celebrities that have had their time in the spotlight, but whom aren’t really considered stars anymore. None of them could be big draws on their own for a television show, and while most of them are probably nice people in their own rights, they certainly aren’t ‘A’ list celebrities, and many fans of DWTS might not even place them on the ‘B’ list. It raises the question as to whether Dancing With the Stars has run its course on television, and if it is approaching a huge down turn in ratings with the fall 2010 cast.
The season premiere for Dancing With the Stars is Monday, September 20, when we will see if viewers are going to continue tuning in.